Matthew J Crawford
I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Matthew J Crawford. I was born into a lobster fishing family in Kittery Point Maine and grew up enjoying and thriving as a lobsterman myself.
However it was not long before I realized I needed more. Traveling the world seemed like the only option. On this adventure is when I was exposed to the hair world and was hooked immediately. In the 1980s and 1990s I owned the largest and most successful Maine hair salon. So successful ladies home journal magazine named me one of the top 50 stylist in America. After running that salon for 12 years I needed a change and I created the original luxury hair boutique which again was incredibly successful and ran that for 20 years.
Fate always has a way of influencing ones journey. Luckily as a boy over 50 years ago my father Albert E. Crawford Took us on the bluenose ferry to Nova Scotia. My father was a lobster dealer in Maine so when we landed in Yarmouth my dad and I would go and visit the lobster dealers he bought from.
From the beginning of these many trips, my dad and I fell in love with the beauty of the ocean front and the people of Nova Scotia. Soon my dad was buying some of the most coveted pieces of ocean front. Over a period of time, my father amassed over a mile of ocean front property totaling almost 300 acres not far from Yarmouth Nova Scotia.
To honor my father and to humbly respect this amazing gift I am inviting you on a journey, the creation of Pepperrell Road. A road of discovery, exploration and inspired living. A diverse collection of people who enjoy sharing ideas to live work and enjoy life.
Boutique hotel, beach club, restaurants, residence, botanical gardens, shows, salons, Glamping, fitness, events, boutiques, weddings, products, workspace.
Polo Jean-Louis is the Chief Consultant at Pepperrell Road and is a founding member of the company. Also, Polo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist since 2012 in the United States and in 2020 become a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers in Canada.
Polo was born and raised in New York City and brings an inclusive, social justice, creative, and humanistic perspective toward achieving the objectives and goals of our company. Living in New York, San Francisco, and Portland, Maine has shaped Polo’s openness to empathize with the experiences of a wide spectrum of people. As a first generation Haitian-American, where French was his first language, living in a bi-cultural environment allowed him to be vulnerable to differences in thought, attitudes and behaviors of a global burgeoning society right outside his front door. This vulnerability provided Polo with an empathic lens to assess disparities, beauty, strengths, and resilience of humanity. This innate ability, personal/community empowerment, and social justice spirit is at the soul of his clinical approach.
After working at Maine Medical Center.in the US, prior to arriving to Canada in 2023, he joined Yarmouth Regional Hospital of Nova Scotia as a Medical Social Worker. He served on the Board of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, was in leadership roles at Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services of New York, Columbia University, Baker Places of San Francisco, and 2012 opened a private practice in psychotherapy in Maine. He has served as a consultant for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Center of New York and at Baker Places Inc. of San Francisco.
Architecture, interior design, and the culinary arts are of Polo’s personal interests where he plans to bring those personal talents to Pepperrell Road.
Columbia University (2008) Master of Science of Social Work: Advanced Clinical Practice
Manhattan College (1988) Bachelor of Science: Business Administration
Spa Tech Institute (2020) Certificate in Cosmetology (Licensed in Maine and Nova Scotia)
Advanced Clinical Training at Harvard Medical School in Behavioral Health
NSCC Burridge (2022) Certificate in Office Administration
USA: National Association of Social Workers
Canada: Canadian Association of Social Workers